Fellowship of StrangersApril 2, 2007
Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced by them, and confesed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
I John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
It’s always a special encounter when coming into contact with a person who “loves the Lord Jesus Christ wholeheartedly. Not half-committed, feeling seeking “gimme” types, but those who have seriously laid their “all” on the altar. (When we make the Lord our hearts desire, the feeling is awesome indeed, but this should not be our motivation) Their conversation is always on the deep things of God and the fruit of the Spirit ever so evident in their lives. They seek not their own will but the will of the Lord Jesus in everything that they do. All of us desire to attain such a standing in Christ and all of have growing to do; some more than others. Nevertheless, when gathering with such, it’s a real blessing.
It was a quiet weekend up north. My wife and I ended up on the shore of lake Superior which still has ice along the beaches. It was cold, windy, and very serene. The only sound came from the wind and the waves. It was a great place to be still and know that God is. (Any place is good for this) During this weekend, I found myself thinking about the many saints who have passed through my life. Some I was with for several years while some I only had the joy of being with for a brief span of time. There are some who have such a close walk with the Lord Jesus that just talking to them is fascinating beyond measure. They encourage us to press on like never before; to strive all the more in changing from glory to glory.
One such individual was the guy in New Orleans who just travelled from town to town proclaiming the gospel. He simply lived by faith and while I cannot remember his name, I’ll never forget this encounter which only lasted about 20 minutes back in 1986. Completely sold out to Jesus. Folks who have truly counted the cost and are faithfully following through. They seem to be few and far between as we live in a generation of folks who seek self-fulfilment over taking up their cross. I’m as guilty as any on this and have growing to do also.
Acts 20:36-38 “And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Pauls neck, and kissed him, Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.”
This is the account of Pauls final meeting with the Ephesian elders while in Miletus. There are a lot of saints whom I’ve known over the years, in the navy, in Virginia, in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and elsewhere whom I would love to see again. Saints who are also sojourning in a land where no city feels like home and are longing for the day when they are called home to be with Jesus. Likewise there are those whom I’ve come to really love in the blogosphere who have gone in other directions as they are moved into other avenues of service unto the Lord Jesus. Nonetheless, all who are in Christ are heading for the same place. The day will come when we will gather at the throne; all who are washed in the blood of Jesus, and we’ll be forever in his presence.
There are many in the blogosphere whom I would love to meet and any opportunity to do so, I’ll be grateful to God who can make a way out of no way. Yet if our paths never cross in this life, we will meet on the other side. The more that I think about that day, the more exciting it becomes. Each day this world seems to become more alien than the day before. It’s not just because of the steady increase in iniquity; it’s because when we’re in the flesh, we’re absent from the Lord and I don’t want to be absent from the Lord. I want to be with Christ all the more and I want those around me to know him also.
Primarily, the conclusion of the whole matter is to keep on running the race that is set before us. Regardless of the circumstances that we face, to just lay aside every weight and sin as we strive to be daily transformed into the image of christ. Longing for the day when this corruption puts on incorruption and we are indeed home at last. I apolagize if this post seems somewhat “out of sorts.” It’s currently after 2:00am which is always a somewhat dangerous time to post. I pray that none of us would get sidetracked, even for a moment as things are moving quickly along the prophetic timeline.
One may ask “How fast are things progressing?” Tonight I heard a report about “superchimps.” Apparently they have sucessfully integrated human DNA into chimpanzees in a laboratory and as a result these chimps can do menial tasks such as basic janitorial or assembly work. There’s already a great deal of interest in this as they dont fall under the jurisdiction of labor laws and could be sold like livestock. I would ask “how much longer will a holy God allow such things to go on?” These are dark times in which we live. I dont know the particulare of the story, but will keep my ears open for verification and updates. I know that geneticists have introduced human DNA into livestock and have engaged in a host of Frankensteinian practices.
Jesus is coming and every eye shall behold him. This day is approaching and will soon no longer be a future event, but a fulfillment of prophecy. Until then, may we all keep our hearts with all diligence and give our all to Jesus in these final moments.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the mnore, as ye see the day approaching.”